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Hockey Book Swap

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In an attempt to reduce the size of the stack of hockey-related books in my house - and in the hope of new titles to build that pile back up - I'm looking for other hockey fans with similar tastes in reading who are willing to swap for titles they haven't read. If interested, you can contact me via the Forums Messenger to discuss & arrange a book swap.

 

The U.S. Postal Service has a "Media Mail" option that currently will deliver used books in small quantities for under 3 bucks (2 to 8 days for delivery). Their fee scale is graduated by the pound, and as an example most of my hockey books weigh either less than 1 pound or just over 1 pound. See: https://www.usps.com/ship/media-mail.htm for more info. This cost of shipping a book or maybe even 2 books would be cheaper than purchasing most used books via Amazon or other on-line seller. If anyone knows of a cheaper and/or easier way to make an exchange, please chime in.

Here is my current book list available for swapping. I've included a 3rd-party review or content summary with each title to help you determine your interest in each book.  Thanks in advance for playing along.
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ETA: Refer to this post for my latest list: http://sphlforums.com/index.php/topic/11084-hockey-book-swap/?p=84768
 

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Another title added to the top of my list linked above: "A Breed Apart" by Douglas Hunter.  This one would be a good read for anyone interested in goaltending, or hockey history, or hockey stats.  And it's got LOTS of pictures if you don't like reading so much.  ^_^

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Added another book a/b NHL goalies to my swap list linked above.  **** Irvin's "In The Crease" is a collection of interviews with well-known starters & life-long backups in the NHL nets.  Very well written, and easy to read with its bite-sized chapters.

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And my November addition, another very good read with "bite-sized" chapters: "Hockey Towns: Stories of Small Town Hockey in Canada" by Canadian hockey reporter & writer Bill Boyd.  Read a book summary in my Hockey Book Swap List.

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An extremely eager - and generous - Forums member is taking most of the entries in my Hockey Book Swap List off my hands.  I still have two remaining (both on loan to coworkers but available for claiming), and a few more coming for Christmas that will be added once I'm finished reading them.  Please check back early next year for more titles.

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Here's my current short list of books available for swap deals, after having purged my stack for the (umpteenth) time.  I have 3 additional hockey titles awaiting me on my (winter) reading pile.  So please check back in the coming months for more swap options.

All of my books are in good to very good condition.  I don't mark them up, and I keep them largely unbent.  So they should all be suitable for many more readings by many more hockey fans, for the mere price of postage & another title in exchange.

LIST UPDATED 11/25/2018 ...

Between The Pipes: A Revealing Look at Hockey’s Legendary Goalies, by Randi Druzin; Paperback; Review: https://thehockeywriters.com/book-review-pipes-randi-druzin/  Sold

Eleven Seconds: A Story of Tragedy, Courage, and Triumph, by Travis Roy, E.M. Swift; Hardback; Review: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/travis-roy/eleven-seconds/

Father Bauer and the Great Experiment: The Genesis of Canadian Olympic Hockey, by Greg Oliver; Hardback; Review: https://www.pressreader.com/canada/canadas-history/20170801/282127816519876

GOON: The True Story of an Unlikely Journey into Minor League Hockey, by Doug Smith and Adam Frattasio; Paperback; Reader Reviews: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/836953.Goon  Sold

Hello Canada! The Life and Times of Foster Hewitt, by Scott Young; Hardback; Reader Reviews: https://www.librarything.com/work/457248

Odd Man Rush: A Harvard Kid’s Hockey Odyssey from Central Park to Somewhere in Sweden–with Stops Along the Way, by Bill Keenan; Hardback; Reader Reviews: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24693947-odd-man-rush

One Night Only: Conversations with the NHL’s One-Game Wonders, by Ken Reid; Paperback; Review: http://puckjunk.com/2016/10/05/book-review-one-night-only/  Sold

Open Net: A Professional Amateur in the World of Big-Time Hockey, by George Plimpton; Paperback; Review: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/215254.Open_Net  Sold

The Last Hockey Game, by Bruce McDougall; Hardback; Review: http://www.hockeybookreviews.com/2014/09/the-last-hockey-game-by-bruce-mcdougall.html  Sold

• The Patricks: Hockey’s Royal Family, by Eric Whitehead; Hardback; Review: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/eric-whitehead-3/the-patricks-hockeys-royal-family/

This Is Russia: Life in the KHL - Doctors, bazas and millions of air miles, by Bernd Bruckler, Risto Pakarinen; Paperback; Review: https://thehockeywriters.com/book-review-this-is-russia-life-in-the-khl/  Sold

 

RECENTLY ADDED

  • Hockey's Glory Days: The 1950s and '60s, by Dan Diamond, Eric Zweig; Paperback

 

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ever hear of zamboni rodeo? i read it awhile back, think it would be a good read for any SPHL fan. The author spent a year on the road with the now defunct "Austin Ice Bats" who played in the "whipple" WPHL. Worth looking into if you can find it

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ever hear of zamboni rodeo? i read it awhile back, think it would be a good read for any SPHL fan. The author spent a year on the road with the now defunct "Austin Ice Bats" who played in the "whipple" WPHL. Worth looking into if you can find it

Yep, read it last spring after finding a used copy in good condition on-line.  Definitely worth seeking out to read, though I did find the writing somewhat uneven as the author (Jason Cohen) progressed through the season's stories a/b the Ice Bats.  But on the whole I'd recommend it as one of the better minor league hockey books, after Jon Stott's "Hockey Night in Dixie" and Ken Baker's "They Don't Play Hockey in Heaven." Zamboni Rodeo was on my original Swap List, but I seem to have misplaced it since.  :unsure:

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Added a title to my Swap List above.  About a quarter of the way through another one.  Summer is here, folks, gotta keep your minds fresh.  :nerd:

 

ETA: Make that two more books added to the list.  :nhl:

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I finished reading "Rink Burgers" last night.  Todd Devonshire is a very engaging storyteller, and I recommend this book to anyone who grew up playing or simply following hockey.  His memories of family & friends and his love of the game brought back some fond memories of my own.

 

I've added this book to my Hockey Book Swap List.

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Added another title to my Hockey Book Swap List.  "From Behind The Red Line" is written by a former NCAA Div. I hockey player (Harvard boy), who was drafted by the original Winnipeg Jets & sent to the U.S.S.R. to play for one season with a Soviet elite team in the early 1990s just as the Cold War was thawing.  His stories give a great perspective of Soviet hockey & Russian life that could very likely still apply today.  I highly recommend reading this book.

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More subtractions and more additions for my Swap List.  If you see any titles that intrigue you, lemme know by PM.  My pile of available books is growing, and I'm fixin' to go shoppin' again for more summer (and beyond) reading material. So I'd be willing to skip the swap routine & send a desired title(s) to you for the mere cost of media mail postage.

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Swap List scrubbed & bumped, after I turned in 22 titles to a local used book store this fall and put the pennies-on-a-dollar earnings toward a couple more hockey books I hadn't read yet.  My stack is regrowing as Christmas 2016 gifts (to myself) arrive on my doorstep.  Please consider trading or other transactions, to keep the love of hockey reading alive.  :hockey:

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No (April) fooling, I just added another title to my Swap List.  Good opportunity to peruse the list to see if one or more are of interest to you.  Summer can get awfully long without hockey action, so consider filling the down time with stories from your favorite sport.  :hockey:

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